South  

  Carolina  

Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day.

 

2020

  • Democratic Presidential Primary Election Registration Deadline: January 30

  • Democratic Presidential Primary Election: February 29

  • There will be no Republican Presidential Primary Election.

  • Primary Election (Other Offices) Registration Deadline: May 11

  • Primary Election (Other Offices): June 9

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 4

  • General Election: November 3

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

 

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.

 

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

South Carolina’s voter registration form asks for your full Social Security number. To register online you must have a valid South Carolina driver's license or state ID number.

Before voters can cast a ballot, they must present a valid photo ID, such as:

  • A South Carolina driver’s license;

  • A photo ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles;

  • A U.S. passport;

  • A military ID with a photo; or

  • A South Carolina voter registration card with a photo.

If you have experienced a reasonable impediment in getting a valid photo ID, bring your non-photo voter registration card with you to the polling place. You may vote a provisional ballot after signing an affidavit stating you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining a valid photo ID.  A reasonable impediment is any valid reason, beyond your control, which created an obstacle to obtaining a Photo ID. Some examples include: a disability or illness, a conflict with your work schedule, a lack of transportation, a lack of a birth certificate, family responsibilities, a religious objection to being photographed, or any other obstacle you find reasonable. This ballot will count unless someone proves to the election commission that you are lying about your identity or about having the identified impediment. 

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.scvotes.org

By Mail

South Carolina voters may request an absentee ballot if they qualify under one of 16 reasons. People who can vote absentee include:

  • Students attending school outside their county of residence;

  • Persons who are physically disabled;

  • Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on Election Day;

  • Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day; 

  • Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day;

  • Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons; and

  • Persons 65 years of age or older.

A full list of qualifying reasons and the absentee ballot request form are available at: www.scvotes.org/absentee-voting

 

Requests for an absentee ballot must be submitted to your county voter registration office by 5 p.m. on the fourth day before Election Day and may be submitted by mail, email, fax, or personal delivery.

 

Completed absentee ballots must be returned to your county voter registration office by the close of polls on Election Day.

 

Early In-Person

You may also request and cast an absentee ballot at your county voter registration office in-person up until 5 p.m. the day before Election Day.

 

The same voter ID rules for in-person voting (see above) apply when requesting an absentee ballot in person.

 

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you must be allowed to vote.

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid

    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

  • Tuition Status

    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

 

Will registering to vote in South Carolina affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • South Carolina does not require newly registered voters to obtain a South Carolina driver’s license or register their vehicles there.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
 
Last updated March 2019